THE WATER IS NEVER AS COLD AS YOU THINK IT IS...

As novices, we're understandably apprehensive when we're about to attend our first milonga. But even if we're pumped up and ready to go, we'll likely come down with a case of the jitters once we notice the dance floor. 

To our inexperienced eyes, it will seem packed with expert tangueros.

Working the nerve to tango as a newbie is like approaching a pool for the first time: We can either jump in right away, or wade in slowly. Sooner or later, however, we'll have to get wet. 

It's always a little uncomfortable to leave our comfort zone and step into something new. And when we do, things aren't guaranteed to go perfectly. But at the same time, we'll find that the water is never as cold as we fear it is.

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